Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month has passed, many women across the United States continue to raise awareness about the risks of this life-threatening disease.
Ann-Marie Appiah, the Painted Pink founder, says that “You shouldn’t wait until something bad has happened before you’re ready to fight.” Painted Pink is a breast cancer awareness organization which provides support to many women throughout the country.
She also stresses the importance of prevention and early detection. Recent research suggests that around 25 percent of breast cancer patients are under 40 years old, so cancer screening and self-breast exams are vital in reducing the mortality rates.
Besides breast cancer screening, there are also the mammograms, which are usually recommended for women over 40. Younger women are advised to do a cancer screening once a year and a self-breast exam every month.
On the other hand, women over 40 should go for a mammogram once at every two years. Experts underline that there is a slight chance for a person to die of breast cancer, if it’s detected early.
Although some men develop breast cancer as well, the prevalence of this disease is much higher among women. Breast cancer awareness is important because there is a wide variety of factors influencing the development of this condition.
Besides mammograms and breast cancer screenings, people can also prevent cancer by improving their lifestyle. For instance, the consumption of snacks rich in caffeine, cholesterol, soy, and sodium should be avoided or at least reduced.
Make sure you do at least 20 minutes of physical exercises every day or an average of 150 minutes every week. People who set fitness goals have a lower risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and brain disorders, which are usually caused by obesity and stress.
Furthermore, try to adopt healthier dietary habits by reducing the consumption of processed foods, especially meat. Instead, you should add to your diet more fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts, and whole grains.
This way, you can maintain a healthy weight, while also reducing the risk of developing not just breast cancer, but also diabetes.
Ann-Marie Appiah stresses that breast cancer awareness is not just for healthy man and women, but also for those have been diagnosed. She underlines that they must maintain a positive attitude by surrounding themselves with family and friends.
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